Enjoyed a long and memorable Sunday at Dover, where I attended my first official NASCAR race. (I almost did at Pocono in 2007, but left after several rain delays.)

I was fortunate enough to watch from several vantage points, including the garage, the pits, a premium area in a bridge directly over the track and high in the grandstand.

I even ran into Joe Gibbs!

My initial observations: World class stock cars are very fast and extraordinarily loud.

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Even New Yorkers who did not grow up following the sport should check it out in person at least once. It's certainly a sports-viewing experience unlike any other.

More about all that in a couple of weeks before the Sprint Cup circuit visits Pocono in early June, its closest stop to LI.